Masters Swimming Competitions

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There is no shortage of chances to get your competitive juices flowing with Masters swimming competitions at local, national and international level.

The majority of Masters club meets include 50m and 100m races for the different strokes, as well as relays, while larger competitions may include longer races over distances such as 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.

New to Masters? If you’re not confident in your fitness or ability, don’t be put off from competing. Most Masters competitions don’t impose a qualifying standard and races are seeded so swimmers are in the water with people of a similar standard.

To advertise a meet on the calendar please download the Masters Meet Form or e-mail geoff@masterswim.demon.co.uk.

Click on one of the headings below to reveal more information about competing nationally, internationally or in the T-30 Challenge and Masters Decathlon events.

Key Masters Swimming Events

British Championships and ASA National Championships

Two of the biggest competitions in the domestic Masters calendar are the British Championships and the ASA National Championships.

The British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships are typically held over three days in June and take place in a long course 50m pool. They feature the full range of long course individual events (50m, 100m, and 200m of each stroke, 400m, 800m, and 1500m Freestyle, and 200m and 400m Individual Medley for both men and women) as well as relays.

The ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships are usually held over three days in October and take place in a short course 25m pool. The same events are competed as at the British Championships, with the addition of the 100m Individual Medley.

Scottish Swimming and the Welsh ASA also run their own national Masters competitions throughout the year.


T-30 Challenge

You don't always have to travel to compete - Masters swimmers can take part in the T-30 challenge from the comfort of their own pool

The T-30 Challenge - formerly known as the T-30 Postal Swim - puts to the test how fast you can swim in 30 minutes.

Everyone who wants to 'compete' submits their time between November and January and winners are calculated in each of the respective Masters five-year age groups.

  • Click here to find out more about the T-30 Challenge.

The Masters Decathlon

The Masters Decathlon adds a bit of spice to the calendar by ranking Masters swimmers according to their performances across the full range of swimming events.

Performances from Masters competitions throughout the year are awarded points and swimmers accumulate a points total from up to 10 of the 18 individual swimming events.

Prizes are awarded at the end of the calendar year for the top individual and team points earners.

  • Click here to learn more about the Masters Decathlon.

European and World Championships

Conquered the best the Britain has to offer? Then the next step is to try your chances against international rivals!

European aquatics governing body LEN host a European Masters Swimming Championships in odd years - the last was in Eindhoven in 2013 - while world aquatics governing body FINA host a World Masters Swimming Championships in even years - the 2014 event was in Montreal.

Great Britain are usually well represented at these events and there is always a great atmosphere.

Masters swimmers wishing to compete overseas will need to complete an international permit to swim at least 28 days before they leave the country. This allows the ASA to know who is swimming where, and gives added insurance.

  • Click here to download the Masters International Permit To Swim.

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